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Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Completed in 1885, the church has a 150' spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Only ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have a saint’s body, and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent, taken out of the catacombs in Rome in 1838.
There Goes the Neighbor Hood - Tour of Gangster History
John Binder, mob historian and author of The Chicago Outfit, conducts the popular "There Goes the Neighbor Hood" tour of gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest. The exterior tour visits 15 houses in these two suburbs which were previously owned by major hoodlums, including Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana, "Tough Tony" Capezio and "Machine Gun Jack" McGurn. John will discuss the criminal careers of the former owners, the interesting features of each home, the family's time there, and answer questions from the audience. The tour lasts approximately two hours and travel is by minibus (seats 33 people) with no walking required. The tour departs from (and returns to) the Oak Park Visitor Center. *Custom tours of Chicago and suburban gangster sites to fit any schedule are available. Contact John at email@example.com to plan a custom group tour.
CITY: Oak Park
Pinkolandia at the 16th Street Theater
See Pinkolandia, written by Andrea Thome and directed by Ann Filmer, from April 3-May 10. Exiled from Chile to the strange land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters must create imaginary worlds to uncover the story of their family's past. Traveling through fantasies of glaciers, talking bears and Nazi-fighting revolutionaries, Pinkolandia is a play about growing up - because sometimes, when you lose your country, you have to invent your own.
Antique Engine & Tractor Association Working Farm Show
Visit the 50-acre showground and experience the fall harvest early 1900’s style. Event features the historical value of collection and exhibition of gasoline and steam tractors, power driven farm machinery and other equipment through field demonstrations, displays of gas engines, garden tractors, farm tractors and equipment. Tractor pulls, craft demonstrations, speakers, children activities and music are featured daily. Food is available and parking is free. .
Pear Tree Estate
Five generations ago the Murray family settled in Champaign County and continues the farming tradition still today. With an inherent appreciation for the beauty and rich history of this area, they are bringing modern American celebrations back to the farm. Pear Tree Estate is excited to share the rustic beauty of the country from the comfort of an elegant space. Pear Tree Estate offers a beautiful canvas inside and out for your special event to be completely unique and easily planned with an onsite coordinator, elegant lighting, linens and chairs. It is a culmination of the highest quality catering, service staff and now a premier venue to make any event memorable.
Kane County Fair-2014
Affordable family fun, carnival, entertainment, thrill events, farm animals, kids events, food, fun, more!
CITY: St. Charles
Lincoln: History to Hollywood
“Lincoln: History to Hollywood,” an exhibition of sets, costumes and props from the Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film “Lincoln,” has opened at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex, located in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Items of note in the exhibit include Lincoln’s office set, a vignette of Mary Lincoln’s bedroom, Lincoln’s gloves, Tad Lincoln’s tin soldiers, and the rocking chair where President Lincoln sat with Tad. Most of the furniture pieces in the exhibit are antiques from the Civil War era, not reproductions. The exhibits are on long-term loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studio. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features more than 40,000 square feet of galleries, theatres and historic displays that takes visitors on a journey from Lincoln’s humble beginnings through his Presidency. The “Lincoln: History to Hollywood” exhibit will be located in Union Station, across the street from the presidential museum.
Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen
Join us for a special evening with Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen at the Carlton Hotel, on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:30pm. He will discuss the cookbook that will revolutionize gluten-free cooking and by purchasing a $29 ticket, you will receive a free copy of "The How Can It Be Free Cookbook" at the event. Successful gluten free recipes require more than just new ingredients. You need new techniques and that's where America's Test Kitchen can help. They tried thousands of recipes before figuring out the secrets to making favorite foods without gluten. In this landmark book, you'll learn what works and why so you can successfully prepare lasagna, fried chicken, and fresh pasta in your kitchen. ATK has reinvented the rules of baking to produce amazing cookies, cakes, breads, biscuits and more. Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America's Test Kitchen. This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library and Midwest Media.
CITY: Oak Park
Fashion Accessories In Vogue...& Out
DuPage County Historical Museum presents vogue accessories from the late 1800s through modern day. The transformation of trends in the fast paced and everchanging world of fashion will be explored through objects and images. See how parasols, chatelaines, and hairpins faded from favor and what modern accessories replaced them.
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is set to take place September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3.000 acre Kennekuk County Park. Phases of the Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully tailored to provide a unique festival experience. It boasts four outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-to-table food, craft beer, a farmer's market and a mall of diverse craft vendors featuring an array of original items. Large interactive sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on display.
Rockford-Freeport Illinois Kennel Club Dog Show
The event includes an All Breed Dog/Obedience/Rally/Show, booths with dog supplies, refreshments as well as information on showing and training.
ALL WRIGHT Housewalk
In 2014, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's internationally renowned annual housewalk will be an ALL WRIGHT event, featuring interior architectural tours of eight private homes and three public buildings all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tour the private residences that Wright designed for his friends and neighbors in Oak Park, Illinois, which boasts the greatest concentration of Wright buildings in the world. Learn about the clients who recognized genius and took a chance on the young architect. Trace Wright's development as an artists. And share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world. The special architectural housewalk will mark the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Join us for this extraordinary experience, celebrating architecture, design, history and Frank Lloyd Wright's unique contribution in the place where it all began 125 years ago!
CITY: Oak Park
Twelve Angry Jurors
The Twelve Angry Jurors is a play where a jury is forced to consider a homicide trial. Several of the jurors have different reasons for discriminating against the witness: his race, his background, and the troubled relationship between one juror and his own son. Showings on: June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm June 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
In this touching play, David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night.
MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MPI Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you! Handcrafted items can be found for the inside of your home, your outdoor gardens, and even items to wear and use. Make your plans to attend the annual MIP Arts & Carts Fair. If you like to attend arts and crafts fairs, this is one you won't want to miss.
Urinetown, The Musical
The Musical is a satirical comedy musical from 2001. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. See website for dates and times.
Ellwood Holiday Traditions Weekend
Start your holiday season by taking a guided tour of the decorated Ellwood House mansion. Local businesses, decorators, college groups, and clubs help to present the home in a new, elegant way each year. This is the place to get ideas for your own decorating or view what times were like while the Ellwoods inhabited the opulent home.
Holiday House Walk
Come and enjoy a tour of five beautifully decorated and historic homes in Hinckley open to the public. Five homes will be featured in this holiday event. Tickets will go on sale beginning November 1. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of as well. The house walk will be from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Sponsored by Hinckley Parks and Recreation. Tickets are available at the following locations: Hinckley Fresh Market, Hinckley Public Library, Hinckley Village Office, Jack and Jina’s BP, and Treasures Old and New
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. The showings are on: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm December 7, 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
The Midwest's largest music event for Bluegrass - an original American art form. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, (youth/adult) guitar show, music-related vendors, jamming open stage.
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This marathon has become an international favorite! Run 13.1 miles where Lincoln walked. Proceeds from the race support the shipment of medical supplies to developing nations by Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.
Prairie Dreams-The Story of Clayville and Its People
This play is set and performed at the 1824 Clayville Stagecoach Stop. Featuring stories of the people who built and traveled through Clayville, includiing Peter Cartwright and Abraham Lincoln.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Stage Coach Players present "Arsenic and Old Lace", the story of the eccentric Brewster family of Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition to the scheming old women who poison their victims with elderberry wine, the family includes Teddy, who suffers delusions that he is Theodore Roosevelt and that the Panama Canal runs through the cellar of his home. The locks he digs become convenient graves for the lonely men who fall victims to Aunt Martha and Aunt Abby's machinations. When their nephew Mortimer discovers a body under the window seat of his aunt's home, however, the elderly women fess up to their deeds matter-of-factually and the events become more absurd right up to the surprise ending. Showing on August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm and August 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm
18th Annual Art in the Park
The 18th Annual Art in the Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design. The show features over 100 artists from the Midwest displaying works of ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, and more. Food vendors will be on site selling delicious snacks and treats. Elmhurst Art Museum will be open 10-5 both days of the show with free admission and will sponsor children's activities. Wilder Mansion will be open from open 11-2.
Historic 4th at Clayville
In 1842 the Broadwell family hosted a 4th of July celebration at Clayville with artillery, bands, speeches, food and refreshments. Over 300 people came from Springfield alone! Come and help recreate this historic event. You may even see Mr. Lincoln himself!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Antique and Collectible Markets
Join us for 25,000 sq. ft. of quality antiques and collectibles. Items you will not find anywhere else. Great selection of gift ideas for the holidays or for your home.
CITY: St. Charles
Alton/Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi
Alton's spectacular fireworks display are a must see! With the Clark Bridge as a backdrop over the Mississippi River, this fireworks show is always a crowd pleaser. For more information, call (618) 465-6676.
Joseph F. Glidden Open House / Open Barn
Come and enjoy musical entertainment, working blacksmith shop, house and barn tours at the home of Joseph F. Glidden creator of barbed wire known as "the winner."
Spring Dance Concert 2014
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will be having a concert that will show many facets of dance expression, including modern, ballet, experimental and jazz. Due to remodeling the concert will be held at the Huntley Middle School Auditorium.
Art at Ellwood and Ice Cream Social
Join in on the combination Art Fair and Ice Cream Social on the grounds of the Ellwood House. Featuring over 30 artist booths, tours of the Ellwood Mansion, a concert, ice cream, a Garden Club show and programming provided by the Ellwood House Museum.
Red, White, & BBQ 2014
Red, White, & BBQ is a competition dedicated to tasty barbecue, music, and fun at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Start off the summer with great food, live music, and an all-ages carnival. Observe some of the best BBQ experts compete to win prize money, learn BBQ tips, and enjoy Ty Warner Park.
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Wouldn't we all want to know the answer to that question! This play is about J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who finds a book called "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which he uses to get a job at World Wide Wickets and move up in the company. Showing on: July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm July 13, 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Enjoy wonderful, French-gourmet dining at this restaurant located in the heart of the Downtown Rock Island's Arts & Entertainment District. Family-owned and operated for over 20 years, this restaurant features delicious French cuisine. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, only. You may dine in the Star Bar or in the formal dining area. Banquet space is available for parties.
CITY: Rock Island
16th Annual Ebertfest
Created by Roger Ebert, a native to Champaign-Urbana, this popular film festival celebrates those "overlooked" films like the ones Ebert championed throughout his career. Held at the historic Virginia Theatre, the festival is five days, and features over a dozen films. Patrons can purchase festival passes or tickets for individual showings.
Lilac Time Festival 2014
A stunning 8.5-acre horticultural display with 800 breathtaking lilacs & 25,000 eye-catching tulips! Take tours, shop the art and craft fair, and enjoy food, drinks & sports. Enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality, free concerts and attractions that will be provided in Lilacia Park during Lilac Time!
Genoa Pioneer Day
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society presents "Genoa Pioneer Day." This event will bring the experience of old time tradesman and crafters by providing a demonstration of skills, stagecoach rides, hands on activities, silent auction, fresh churned butter, fresh made cornbread, Lion's Club pork chops, kids games, music, old time pretend gun fights, President and Mrs Lincoln will be there. Bring your kids, Bring your friends! Bring your grandma and your grandpa!!! A fun and educational event right in your own hometown!! Activities start at 11:00 AM and Finish at 4:00 PM. For more information call 815-784-5559 or 815-784-5498, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com. Sponsored by Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society.
NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 18-22, 2014. This year marks the 21st year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 29th year of the tournament.
Puebla Modern Mexican
Mexican food with a modern twist. Puebla specializes in recreating the fiery and aromatic cuisine of Puebla, Mexico. The exquisite restaurant takes great pride in the authenticity of a fresh salsa, flavorful guacamole, and tasty tacos.
CITY: St. Charles
2014 Spring Festival - An Arts & Crafts Affair
With 3 days and over 350 artists and vendors to choose from, patrons will enjoy shopping the handcrafted wares for artwork, unique home decor & furniture, personalized gifts, holiday furnishings, metal crafts, or baby & children's treasures. You'll find gifts perfect for any occasion at this can't miss arts & crafts festival.
CITY: Villa Park
Festival of the Horse & Drum
Festival of the Horse and Drum is an equestrian festival with a diverse, exciting twist. Featuring an American Indian Pow-Wow and horsemen of Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Tanner and Glaze. Also, equestrian games, equine abilities expo and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Niemerg’s Steakhouse in Effingham opened September 1, 1978 and is locally owned and operated with food that’s made grandmother style; from scratch and with care.
Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon
The Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon takes place at Montrose Avenue Beach. The course consists of a 375-meter swim, a 10K bike ride and a 2.5k run.
Located in the heart of Downtown Danville, Rich's Deluxe offers a large selection of Greek favorites and traditional dinners featuring seafood, steaks and pasta. Gourmet sandwiches and fresh Alaskan halibut are favorites among customers.
Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. Head chef, Brian Wong, creates the eclectic dishes that suit the vibrant ambiance, such as his Coffee Crusted Filet and Green Curry Hot Pot.
Tempel Lipizzan's 2014 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Save and buy tickets in advance. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe.
We would be lying if we didn't say that Saluki Stadium is one of the best college stadiums in the Midwest. Constructed in 2010, this facility is home to the NCAA Division One SIU Football Team and can seat up to 15,000 fans. Enjoy the afternoon with sports, tailgating and more at the Saluki Stadium.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
Mississippi Mud Mania
Up to the challenge of getting dirty? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Tri-State’s Mississippi Mud Mania Run in Quincy, IL. Be the first to get down and dirty and participate in an event that’s fun for the whole family and is sure to become an epic tradition.
Festival of Arts and Crafts - March
All crafts are handmade in the USA and include furniture, photography, stained glass, holiday and everyday home decor items, jewelry, doll clothes and much moore
CITY: St. Charles
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
The Science Center of Southern Illinois
The Science Center of Southern Illinois is the perfect way for kids to explore the beauty of science in a fun atmosphere. This hands-on children's museum has over 50 exhibits and sees nearly 15,000 annual visitors. Adults are also welcome, as many of the activities can be enjoyed by all.
A' Salute Lounge & Grill
A' Salute is a high class lounge featuring entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with room for dancing. The menu will feature a selection of small sandwiches called "trios" which are served in threes.
CITY: St. Charles
Winneshiek Playhouse Presents: "Lend Me A Tenor"
It's 1934, and the world's greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director's meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues - including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingenue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department. May 9,10 and 15-17. 7:30 pm. $15.
Wok 'n Fire
Contemporary setting features Pan Asian cuisine, Sushi bar, full bar/lounge area.
CITY: St. Charles
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
Farren's Pub & Eatery
Farren's is an underground pub in Downtown Champaign that's known for its signature burgers and large selection of craft beers.
2014 Illinois Paddlesports Festival
The 6th Annual Illinois Paddlesports Festival takes place on the 2nd weekend in June, in Aurora’s beautiful Phillips Park on Mastodon Lake. Admission is free. So come on out and enjoy two full days of paddling fun and action.
Art on Harrison
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
CITY: Oak Park
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Two Times the Fun"
Indiana University pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann join narrator Joseph Mervis for a wonderful evening of spirited elegance in a performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto in Eb" for two pianos as well as Saint Saens' classic zoological journey, "Carnival of the Animals." Smetena's beautiful portrait of the River Moldau compliment this evening of classics performed by the musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Chicago Botanic Garden Loop
The Chicago Botanic Garden Loop offers a moderate level of difficulty to those wanting to experience quiet beauty in far north Cook County. The 385-acre garden is home to 2.4 million plants and is one of the most visited gardens in the country. Hiking will take you 4.5 hours and with almost 7 miles of trails, mostly paved you will get to experience both the lagoons and the Botanic Garden.
Illinois Prairie Path
The Illinois Prairie Path was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States and inspired a national rail-to-trail movement in the United States in the mid-1960s. The trail is named for its rare segments of original, thousand year-old prairies. With 62 miles of biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian, and nature trails, this is an amazing natural resource that encompasses 4 towns: Elgin, Aurora, Batavia and Geneva and 3 counties. The surface is both asphalt and crushed stone.
Dempsey Gallery and Kavanagh Galleries
Dempsey Gallery, 1st floor of 100+ year old barn, offers works for sale. Adjacent Kavanagh Building hosts six to seven exhibits per year, national and regional juried shows.
CITY: St. Charles
1930's living history farm with farmhouse, barns, livestock, farm discovery trails, fruit orchard, garden plots, picnic pavilion.
CITY: St. Charles
This 1930s living history farm features a farmhouse, barns, livestock, farm discovery trails, fruit orchard, garden plots and a picnic pavilion.
CITY: St. Charles
Hotel Baker - St. Charles
This landmark hotel is a unique blend of old-world grandeur with modern-day luxuries and timeless service. Elegant 53 guest rooms. Magnificent two-story ballroom with stunning glass floor. Upscale dining. Sunday brunch. Elaborate meeting rooms.
CITY: St. Charles
CU Woodshop Supply
The midwest's premier woodworking destination is a haven for woodworkers. Their top-tier educational facility offers project and skill courses for all levels with classes running evenings, weekends and weekdays. The adjoining 8,000 square-foot supply store, open six days a week, is unique to Central Illinois and offers "all things woodworking" including 60 varieties of hardwoods. Free demos and seminars are available many Saturdays. Making the CU Woodshop even more of a destination is the DreamShop, where hobbyists can perfect their skill.
Hustle up The Hancock/Race to the Top
Each year more than 4,000 people climb to the top of John Hancock Center to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
Jane Addams Book Shop
Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign offers more than 70,000 titles in fifteen separate rooms on three floors, plus ephemera (old photos, postcards, tickets, advertising materials), greeting cards, and bookmarks. Find rare, out of print, or hard to find titles or purchase a gift card for a book lover!
Constructed in 1857 as the southern division of the Illinois State Supreme Court, Abraham Lincoln successfully argued a famous tax case in 1859. In 1888, Clara Barton used the building as a hospital. Tours are available. Please call in advance.
CITY: Mount Vernon
SK 8 Park
Located in Read Park, this skate park offers 11,000 square feet of skateboard heaven with obstacles, ramps, rails, ledges, spines and bowls. Built specifically for skateboards and in-line roller skates (sorry, no bikes allowed), the "street course" design mimics skateable features and obstacles found throughout the community. Helmets are required and pads are recommended.
Chicago Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) offers yet another way to experience the Chicago lakefront. This hybrid of surfing and kayaking involves standing on an over-sized surfboard and paddling with a single bladed paddle. The concept, which was originally used by ancient Polynesian cultures, has seen a revival in the last 15 years. You can get all your questions answered and equipment rentals from Chicago SUP, the experts in Chicago for Stand-up Paddle Boarding.
Heritage Prairie Farm
Farm dinners at Heritage Prairie Farm, in Elburn have been a tradition since 2007. All farm dinners include a welcome cocktail upon arrival to the farm with butler-passed appetizers, and live acoustic music. For dinner, an upscale five-course meal, introduced by the chef himself, is served family-style in a charming atmosphere, regardless of the season. Get an inside look at how the farm operates from one of their knowledgeable staff with a private tour of the farm.
Big Grove Tavern
Big Grove Tavern is a Farm-to-Table restaurant in downtown Champaign featuring seasonal comfort food. Almost everything we serve at Big Grove Tavern is made from scratch, in house, using seasonal ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. We source locally, not only to create delicious dishes, but to help support our neighbors.
Des Plaines River Trail
Located in southeast Lake County near Vernon Hills, this crushed gravel surface trail is perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. The trail offers a medium level of difficulty as it winds alongside tree-laden riverbanks, through dense bottom-land woods, adjacent to ponds and over footbridges. This trail links the Half Day Forest Preserve to the Wright Woods Forest Preserve spanning nearly the entire length of Lake County.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Chicago Lakefront Trail
Take in the lake as you soak in one of Chicago’s most beautiful treasures. The Lakefront Trail is a runner’s paradise, spanning an impressive 17-miles of natural beauty and man-made inspirations. It runs north from Navy Pier to Foster Avenue and south to 31st beach. The trail’s smooth terrain makes it easy to traverse, while its hidden secrets make it fun to explore. And when you’re done with your run, bike, hike or whatever, you can cool down with spectacular lake views or breathtaking cityscapes.
Pekara Bakery & Bistro
Pekara Bakery & Bistro is a clean label artisan bakery in downtown Champaign serving the community since 2005. We pride ourselves on delicious handmade pastries, cakes, and breads in which all natural ingredients are used. From omlettes made from local, organic eggs, breakfast sandwiches and bagesls, to savory sandwiches on our artisan breads, salads, crêpes, and hearty soups, to sweet pastries, pies, and cookies, you can find most anything you'd like at Pekara. Our well-trained baristas serve up superb coffee that has been responsibly sourced and harversted from Abakundakawa, the certified Fair Trade cooperative in Rwanda where the heart of our house blend is grown. We even help you stay ahead for that special event, baking pastries, baklava, breads, and other treats for those special occasions.
Effingham County Veteran's Memorial
The Effingham County Veteran's Memorial wall is dedicated to all the men and women who served from all five branches of the armed forces. The names on the walls for from past and present. Every year they add more names to the wall.
Joe's Pizza And Pasta
Joe's Pizza and Pasta is a hometown favorite serving fine Italian dishes including pizza, pasta, submarine sandwiches, desserts and more. Recently renovated, Joe's makes the perfect place for lunch or dinner with the availability of large party reservations and delivery service.
This local favorite opens in April and closes in October. Homewood Grill is a snack stand that serves American meals, candy, ice cream, slushies and more.
45th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Skyline View Cabins
Skyline View Cabins invite you to Southern Illinois to enjoy the most beautiful view in the area. From your cabin front porch, you can see the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Bald Knob Cross and lots of wildlife. In the Winter and early Spring there are 20 acres of hillside woods to tromp through, The property joins the Quetil Walking Trail, into Alto Pass. Both cabins have vaulted ceilings in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms, with real fireplaces, satellite TV and DVD player. Cabins come furnished with leather look sofas, chairs with ottomans, and a dining table that seats 4 people. Local art has been used to decorate both of the cabins.
2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Walk
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
CITY: Oak Park
Blind Pig Company
The Blind Pig Company, located in historic downtown Champaign, serves a wide variety of craft beers. Beer Advocate lists it in the Top 50 Places to Drink Beer in the USA. Imbibe Magazine states it's one of America's Top 100 Bars and Draft Magazine lists it as one of the Best 150 Bars in the USA.
2014 Boneyard Arts Festival
Discover the flourishing creative community of Champaign County during the Annual Boneyard Arts Festival, present by 40 North | 88 West, Champaign County’s art council. More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in over 100 venues and features the work of local sculptors, weavers, painters and photographers, as well as musicians, actors, dancers and other performers.
Kane County Flea Market - May 2014
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere"--Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles, & Fancy Junque. Food is served both days.
CITY: St. Charles
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
This is one of the Midwest’s premier half marathons where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Americana"
You won't believe your ears when you join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio for an evening of great orchestral music from American film and Broadway. Gershwin's "Symphonic Suite" from Porgy & Bess and Kurt Weill's "Symphonic Nocture from Lady in the Dark" round out the program with music of Stephen Foster and famed Beatles producer George Martin's "Three American Sketches for Harmonica and Strings."
Holiday Inn & Suites East Peoria
Brand new full service convention hotel located in the NEW Levee District in Downtown East Peoria. Featuring modern amenities to make your stay amazing and the award-winning Johnny's Italian Steakhouse restaurant.
CITY: East Peoria
Rockford Art Museum
Part of the Riverfront Museum Park, the Rockford Art Museum features an eclectic collection of 20th century American artworks. Discover pieces by self-taught African American artists, American Impressionist paintings and modern art glass. Changing exhibits feature regional and national artists.
Aalto's Station House Cottages at Irish Hollow
Delivered gourmet breakfast by a wood burning fireplace, hiking trails, relaxing massage, seasonal packages, beautiful gardens, seven-course candlelight dinners, lush furnishings and amenities, all nestled in a gorgeous countryside setting.
Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Fun for all ages. Ride your own sled down 2,050 feet of terrain-tailored track to the banks of the Mississippi.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
Creek Bend Nature Center
Creek Bend Nature Center features interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits. All the exhibits you loved at Tekakwitha Woods have been relocated here, including Prairie Ecology, with the bison and biodiversity components, and the ever-popular Clams-Eye View of the Fox River. There are separate rooms for classes and a lab. There’s something for any nature lover at Creek Bend Nature Center, from bird watching to guided nature hikes, nature programs and self-guided activities.
CITY: St. Charles